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Shopping in MV

Emporium Delivery Wagon- 1910


Early on a spring day in 1910, Rose and Ida met at the Mill Valley depot on Tuesday to go shopping in the city. Rose had walked down the Madrona Lane steps from her home on Tamalpais and Ida had walked down the Miller Lane steps from her home on Ethel. They boarded a train at the depot. A little over an hour later they arrived at The Emporium department store on Market Street. Connections from the electrified train to the ferry and to the trolley had been easy. Rose and Ida made several purchases at the Emporium. They then window-shopped in Union Square, and spent an hour “just looking” in the City of Paris. Wednesday morning, Edwin Ezekiel, age 22, walked from his home on La Verne Ave. on wooden sidewalks to the Locust Ave. station and took the 8:02 train to the Mill Valley Depot. He walked to Dowd’s Fashion Stables on Throckmorton Ave., led two horses to the nearby Emporium warehouse, hitched them up to the delivery wagon and drove to the railroad freight shed on Miller Ave. Emporium packages had arrived during the night. Edwin spent the day delivering them. Rose and Ida received the purchases they had made the previous day.

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